Western Cape sizzles under heatwave

2012-01-17 11:57

Cape Town - Sizzling hot weather in parts of the Western Cape will subside by Thursday, the SA Weather Service said.

"We've had very warm conditions, with the Cape Town metropole reaching a high of 32 degrees today [Tuesday]," forecaster Gerrie Keyser said.

"This is the last day [of very hot weather] for the metropole [which] will cool to 27 degrees by Thursday."

Keyser said the West Coast and Karoo were experiencing a heatwave, with the mercury rising five degrees or more than the hottest recorded temperatures for the hottest month, February.

Redelinghuys on the West Coast was the warmest on Tuesday at 43°C.

Clanwilliam was a close second at 42°C.

Temperatures at Vredendal, Paarl, Oudtshoorn, Malmesbury, Worcester and Robertson were hovering between 38 and 40°C.

Keyser said temperatures in these areas would drop a few degrees by Thursday.

He warned of a very high chance of fires because of dry conditions and no rain.

Venting on Twitter

Hot and bothered Capetonians used social networking site Twitter to comment on their so-called #capesauna weather.

User @mdsteinbach was too hot to care about crime, saying: "Door open window open fan on #capesauna hope my tv is still here when I wake up".

@zulu_poplet felt legislation was letting her down: "Why isn't there a law that says once the temperature hits 30degrees you can stop working and hit the beach?"

User @Reesiebabygirl took a more practical approach: "I drink faster on days like these coz I don't want my beer to get warm."

One disgruntled user, @Allwhere2 felt that tweeting Western Cape Premier Helen Zille was the only solution.

"@helenzille: Concerned Cape Town resident: This heat is unconstitutional, do something."

Ever the politician, she replied: "@Allwhere2 perhaps airconditioning should be a constitutional right ;-)".

  • Christopher - 2012-01-17 12:03

    Maybe the last of the heatwave for now. Bring on Feb & March :) The Mother City is gonna sizzle.

      spookhuis - 2012-01-17 14:18

      @ Flowingidiot, you are truely such a fool.

      Mike - 2012-01-17 14:53

      @Flowingriver: Nope, that's the major story for the year on Cape Town! Here we have to find some news, even if it is the wheather!!

      Kala - 2012-01-17 16:04

      Poor Capetonians. We have 30 -35 degrees in Durban with a 90%+ humidity factor. But like Mike says, if it wasn't for the heat wave Cape Town might get forgotten in the news

      Squeegee - 2012-01-17 18:12

      Alicia, flowingriver might find it hard to return to the Maggot egg she was spawned from...

  • methedex - 2012-01-17 12:19

    jay bra! mar die plek is mos moesa warm!!

      Anthony - 2012-01-17 12:59


      Mike - 2012-01-17 15:02

      @methedex: "darrom sell ons bra's mos nie kerrie hierie!"

  • Bryn - 2012-01-17 12:24

    "@helenzille: Concerned Cape Town resident: This heat is unconstitutional, do something." Hahahaha

  • Craig - 2012-01-17 12:25

    Super Hot

  • Travis - 2012-01-17 12:26

    Durban was 40 Deg a week ago.

      Jean - 2012-01-17 12:47

      Hottest ever temp for Durban in Jan is 36.2 Take your thermometer out of the sun!!

      Manny - 2012-01-17 13:18

      U tell them Travis, come to KZN 4 some seriaas heat

      Schmee - 2012-01-17 14:00

      Hey Jean love to know where you got that info.

      Jean - 2012-01-17 15:06

      Cape Town record for Jan: 41.3°C 00/01/19 Hey Shmee: Go to: Theyre quite good...almost exactly the same as SAWS stats

      Schmee - 2012-01-18 14:27

      Thanks Jean

  • Thoka - 2012-01-17 12:26

    Aagg man its ANC tactics, LOL

      Mike - 2012-01-17 14:59

      Agree! Must be the AG's report on overspending in other municipalities???

  • Andres - 2012-01-17 12:29

    This heat is counter-revolutionary. The Sun is a bloody agent ;-)

      Monika - 2012-01-17 18:44

      @ Syd: It was much hotter than 32 in the CT CBD. We don't complain over 32 degrees.

  • Syd - 2012-01-17 12:35

    Only 32? You're lucky. Pietermaritzburg has had many days above 35 - and humid with it.

      Jean - 2012-01-17 12:49

      Check ...its currently 34 in the city bowl and its not even 2pm yet. Yesterday went upto 39 in the shade away from the concrete areas.

      Saffa - 2012-01-17 16:33

      Get the stats for Paarl, Stellies, Wellington, Ceres etc.....all over 40....some WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY over 40.

      Monika - 2012-01-17 18:46

      @ Syd: It was much hotter than 32 in the CT CBD. We don't complain about 32 degrees.

  • Malefetsane - 2012-01-17 12:42

    This heatwave in the Mother City is counter-revolutionary, the sun must be nationalised.

      Manny - 2012-01-17 13:21

      Send JuJu to nationalize it. Tell him samples are needed for the process . . .

  • Elsa - 2012-01-17 12:56

    Zille for president.

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-01-17 12:57

    you just have to love Helen.. definitely the only politician with a sense of humour...

  • STYLEbudd - 2012-01-17 13:09

    Nothing new under the sun... cape town weather always sucks!

      Theo - 2012-01-17 17:09

      Beg to differ, budd. Cape Town weather hardly sucks. When the wind blows, it gets rid of the smog (although I realise it is just displaced and becomes someone elses problem. It rains, it never pours. No thunderstorms. And on days like these, nothing beats a swim in the ocean followed by an ice cold one at one of the many beach bars or restaurants overlooking the ocean.

  • maria.trautmann2 - 2012-01-17 13:09

    Wellington was 45 degrees yesterday in the sun!!!!

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-01-17 13:36


      Louise - 2012-01-17 14:08

      Wow, IN THE SUN...? Normally temperatures are measured in the shade, as the sun has the obvious effect of heating things up even more. We have very hot weather as a rule in Gauteng, but do not complain - how would you lot complain if we had the Northern hemisphere's snowy weather, some places more than half the year...? Don't always complain, RATHER ENJOY THE WONDERFUL WEATHER AND OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY.

      Daniel - 2012-01-17 16:48

      Was there on the weekend before the worst heat and already felt it sitting in Zu Bar and the sweat coming down on Sat afternoon...that town sure know how to make you sweat!

  • Marcel - 2012-01-17 13:15

    Anyone experienced the heat at the BRT civic station yesterday? Even the marshalls were limiting thier time in that sauna. They (BRT management) must have made sufficient profit by now to install air-con at the terminals.Great way to improve an already great service. I'm just saying...

  • Genesistt - 2012-01-17 13:19

    I'll say this much reading all the commments below... the heat is making people very funny. Thanks for making me laugh and forget about the heat for a bit. :-D

  • EyesEars - 2012-01-17 13:36

    Shame! Feel sorry for you guys. Some of the comments really made my day today. Thank You all!

  • RobertaKeeling - 2012-01-17 13:43

    Don't you just love Helen Zille? Sharp cookie she is.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-17 13:45

    Many say that this heat is arranged to stimulate the economy-to increase sales of air conditioners, cold drinks and ice cream for instance. I don't believe this. I have a suspicion that it just has something to do with the weather.

  • Kaveel - 2012-01-17 14:46

    People in Cape Town, you know nothing of real heat if you complain of 32 degrees. Here in Durban, its an average. Deal with it! Its Africa weather, not news!

      Daniel - 2012-01-17 16:50

      Nooit bru, we're complaining coz its Durban weather, not cool

  • Anon - 2012-01-17 15:36

    Hey guys, are you allowed to report on weather? LOL

  • ruda.sealie - 2012-01-17 15:52

    I agree Helen!

  • DJPotifar - 2012-01-17 15:59

    I hope the people who predicted the heatwave don't go to prison.

  • Darrell - 2012-01-17 17:15

    December 30th at Springbok N.cape, 42.5 deg at 1630 in the afternoon!!

  • agosthino - 2012-01-17 17:15

    Im from Oudtshoorn, staying in cape town and this is still very cool :)

  • susan.grunbichler - 2012-01-17 18:37

    As we sat in Cape Town International Airport yesterday, where it was apparently up in the 30's outside,with the sun really belting down, their "radio station" played "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow" :-) Wishful thinking, I assume.

  • Kathryn - 2012-01-17 21:25

    Yesterday temps of 46 were recorded in Oudtshoorn and 44 in De Rust!

      Heinrich - 2012-01-17 22:12

      You are sooo lucky you said 'yesterday'. If you said 'tomorrow' you would have been in great trouble.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-01-17 22:26

    My barometer says it is 30.8c and its 10.24 now dont tell me the weather department is correct, they should come and visit me in my room and then see that this is worse then they have said. and I live not far from Cape Town.

  • Wendy - 2012-01-17 23:36

    I went to work today after 3 wonderful weeks in Cape Town. It was -3 degrees when I left home at 7am. I am very jealous of your heatwave. Would love to be there up to my neck in water at Glen Cairn or Fishhoek. Not nice to work in though. Siesta's should be compulsory in temps over 30.

  • arno.albertyn - 2012-01-18 07:02

    Are you allowed to report the weather? Well, if you are allowed then I will report this. I've heard from a lot of sources that the temperature in Vredendal reached 51 degrees and Paarl 48.5 degrees. So don't know where you get your information. I personally have a few weather stations and the mean here on the farm (Stellenbosch) in the shade was 40 degrees Celcius. Guess your reporting on the weather is due to the new law which prohibit you form reporting the weather. LOL

      Kate - 2012-01-18 08:22

      I agree... I live in wellington and the temp yesterday at 9.00pm (note - no sun ) was 36 degrees and on Tuesday at 5.30 in the afternoon it was 47.5 degrees! This morning at 7 o'clock it was 28.5 degrees - Capetonians shouldnt complain about 36 degrees.

  • nicolene.kotze1 - 2012-01-18 11:51

    LOL, gotta love Helen Zille! :-)

  • padayachee - 2012-01-18 11:54

    In theory, Global warming supposed to make the earth cooler, does this mean, Our winter is going to be super super cold this year? judging from this heat!!

      leijn.tissink - 2012-01-18 12:28

      Your are forecasting the weather. Go to jail !!!

      padayachee - 2012-01-18 15:45

      Hahahahaha :D good one!

  • kristinvl - 2012-01-18 20:29

    Tsk tsk tsk... welcome to Durban Cape Townians. We deal with heat like that every summer plus the humidity and its like being kept in a greenhouse.

  • Tertius van Lill - 2015-01-15 10:06

    15 january at ten o clock the temp in oudtshoorn is 40.2 degrees. we recieved a warning that it will go up to 49.5 degrees by this afternoon and by the look of it we do believe that it might well be so.....

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